Mummersfest

A great night at Mummersfest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is just beginning. Santino and mom Lisa stopped by to spread the word about Autism.

Christmas Eve with Pierre

Just spent a festive few moments with Pierre Robert as he conducts his annual Christmas Eve special on WMMR. Thank you, Citizen in Chief.

Pilgrimage 

Made a pilgrimage to Merion Memorial Park to say thank you and pray for James Bland, composer of more than 600 songs, including Mummers favorites. I think it would be a good idea to reinstate this annual visit in December (some Mums have done this in years past) and maybe help the cemetery. Nice folks work there.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Soup with a Book Signing Chaser

soup-day-dec-18-2016What delicious soups graced the Mummers Museum today at the annual Golden Ladle Soup contest!  (Thanks to emcee Joe from Mum Radio -left; Michael from Spartans-right).

The winner: Spartans NYB with its Minestrone with kale and pinto beans.  Satin Slipper’s Ham and Bean finished 2nd. Golden Crown’s cheese steak soup finished 3rd (It really tasted like a cheese steak.)  Every soup of of the 12 entries was amazing.

Thank you, too, for all the folks who stuck around or arrived later to purchase the first copies of my book, Philadelphia Mummers.  The Museum has some copies and I will be at Mummersfest on Dec. 30th between 5 and 8 pm.wp-image-879153467jpg.jpg

 

 

Mummers in Print Today

Merry Christmas  and Happy  New Year! As I look forward to broadcasting the parade again on PHL17, today I take part in the Golden Ladle Soup Contest that starts at 1 at the Mummers Museum, and then I will be at the Museum from 3 to 5pm today to sign copies of the new book, Philadelphia Mummers. Stop on by. Today’s discounted book price is $20 which includes tax. Thank you an all the best.

Secretary Rivera on Leadership

PA Education Secretary Pedro Rivera speaking on leadership today at Cabrini University. Rivera is the Nerney Leadership Institute Executive in Residence. Rivera say leadership is the art of describing a future that others are committed to. The Hunting Park native stressed the importance of listening to others and of promising what can be delivered, listening to what others want, and then delivering. He talked of lessons learned in running up against people who resist change. Rivera says how we do some is as important as what we do. One of his favorite lines: Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

Golden Day

At the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, Colorado just west of Denver. This is a special place of reflection with several gardens and sweeping views of Denver in the distance and the plains beyond. 

This place was founded by Mother Cabrini, part of a network of hospitals, orphanages and schools serving the poor and immigrants across the earth. Cabrini University came from this tradition.

The Sacred Heart is at the core of the Missionary Sisters’ faith. Mother Cabrini herself more than a century ago laid these stones in the shape of a heart at the top of the mountain. Later the statue would be added. You climb about 375 steps to the top.